Roger Black Gold Plus Treadmill – REVIEW

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Roger Black Gold Plus Treadmill – REVIEW

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Roger Black fitness equipment has been around for quite some time and offers a solution to those looking for gym equipment on a tight budget.

The treadmill offers a range of great features and really does offer good value for money all round.

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Overview

Roger Black fitness equipment has been around for quite some time and offers a solution to those looking for gym equipment on a tight budget.

Delivery and setup

Delivery was swift and unlike the Reebok range that I recently reviewed, this is a lot lighter weighing in at 61kg’s. This does not mean I would recommend going to collect this without help from a friend and a large vehicle for transportation. The Roger Black Plus is also slightly smaller than other treadmills in this category, measuring in at length 162cm, height 142cm and width 75cm.

Setup was fairly simple, attach the arms to the base with a few bolts and then attach the main unit with the LED display to the top of the arms. I would estimate it would take about 30-45 minutes to put together and check all over.

Guaranteed Cheapest Roger Black Plus Price

Item Country Original Price Discounted Price
Roger Black Plus uk-48 WAS £599 CLICK HERE

Features

As you can imagine from a budget treadmill it doesn’t have as much in the way of features over and above what you may expect. On the flip side all the essentials are included and there are no faults with the clear LCD display or the various buttons that control the speed and include of the treadmill.

The buttons on this machine are big and bold, the style will not appeal to everyone but you can’t argue with the clarity of the buttons available. I am a glasses wearer and although I can function without them it was nice to be able to change speeds and incline without any issues.

 

Even at the more budget end of the scale it’s nice to see that this treadmill offers the ability to play music through the inbuilt speaks, either using Bluetooth or audio socket.

A 1.5hp motor drivers the system that can output up to 2.5hp in short bursts or 1.25hp continuously. This should be more than enough for the majority of users that will use the system for traditional cardio or fat burning workouts. If however you have a niche training routine such as sprint training or specific speed requirements then you may have to look to pay a little more for an upgraded model.

The sensory system is located within the handle grips and will give feedback on areas including pulse and body fat.

When we look at the noise produced by the system it is fairly quiet, not as quiet as the Reebok GT range but not so loud that everybody in the house can hear you. I would not advise to place a running machine anywhere other than the ground floor of your house.

The no manual test – How easy is it to operate without instructions?

The system is basic and so straightforward to use, speed and incline are easily adjusted and there is an option to choose from up to 10 pre-set programmes. I did not fully investigate the ability to set your own workout plan but the option is available should you require that level of flexibility.

The ability to play your music through the built in speakers is nice but again the quality is not as good as some of the other budget treadmills in this category. Also using Bluetooth to play music just seems like old technology, it eats your battery life and just makes things more complicated than plugging in a simple male to male audio cable.

The Roger Black Plus Treadmill also has the safety feature of red tag. This means you can attach a clip to your clothing as you run, should you have an accident the system with perform an immediate stop.

A heart rate monitor can be used as you run to monitor your pulse and the main LCD screen is basic for those who require a no frills product.

One of the major drawbacks to this system compared to a more expensive model or brand such as Reebok, Adidas or V-fit is the cushioning system. It isn’t as effective as other treadmills meaning as you run the whole running track bounces as it takes the impact. With the other treadmills it feels like you have a better system that absorbs more of the impact as you run giving you a better feel during your workout.

Like many compact treadmills this version can fold into an upright position for storage should you need to move the treadmill for any reason.

Pros

  • Good value for money
  • Inbuilt MP3 player with Bluetooth connectivity
  • Easy setup with simple instructions
  • Good number of features for the money

Cons

  • Buttons are not as visible as other treadmills
  • Basic LCD display
  • Poor impact cushioning system

Final word

If you are on a tight budget then you get a lot of treadmill for your money. All the basics are included and the above points that I have raised can simply be classed as nit picking. You would need to spend in excess of £100 / $130 extra if you want to see any major differences in quality. For the majority of people who are looking for a simple yet effective treadmill then you should consider this treadmill.

Price Comparison

Item Country Original Price Discounted Price
Roger Black Plus uk-48 WAS £599 CLICK HERE

Specifications

Top speed 16kph
Variable 0, 3%, 6%% levels of elevation
Various user programs (10 pre-set)
LED display showing: time, speed, distance, calories burnt
1.5hp motor output
Maximum weight 110kg
Fold away for storage
Hand grip with heart rate monitor
Mains powered
MP3 speakers with Bluetooth connectivity
Running surface L123cm W42cm
Auto stop red cord safety feature

Product details

Size complete – H128cm, W75cm, D165cm
Size folded – H140cm, W75cm, D95cm
Mounted on wheels

Notes

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About The Author
Danny Foxton
Danny Foxton is a personal trainer and gym tech enthusiast. He has written more than 50 reviews over the years for various gym equipment after he was in the privileged position of being tester for a large UK high street retailer.
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